Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Vets needed for Veterans History Project

Press Release from Rep. Bob Latta:

Calling All Veterans: Participate in the Veterans History Project

BOWLING GREEN – In an effort to preserve the stories of our nation’s veterans, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is collaborating with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP), a nationwide project to collect and preserve personal stories from America’s war veterans and those American civilians who served in support of them.

As part of the initiative to preserve America’s history and heritage, Rep. Latta interviewed Walt Churchill, a former Marine who served in the Korean War and fought in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, “at Chosin Reservoir, the 1st Marine Division found itself surrounded and outnumbered eight to one by the Chinese army. The worst weather in 50 years cut off air support and assaulted the Marines with snow, wind and temperatures of -40 degrees F.”

“It is of the upmost importance to record the many stories of valor from the men and women who served our country for future generations to cherish,” said Rep. Latta.

Churchill’s interview will be one of many interviews Congressman Latta will be adding over time to the VHP’s archives. To date, the VHP comprises over 68,000 individual collections that are available to researchers and the public at the Library of Congress. Of that number, more than 7,000 are digitized and are accessible online through the VHP website.

Interested veterans and families who would like to record their story or submit any original artifacts, pictures or letters to the archive can contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446. Additionally, veterans groups, schools and organizations that would like to become involved with the project can contact

Portions of Churchill’s interview with Congressman Latta can be found here.


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